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Great Deals: Smart devices that automate, control, and protect your home

It can be hard to know where to start when you’re ready to ‘smarten’ up your home. As new smart home devices appear, the best deals aren’t based just on cost, but on choosing products from trusted brands with functions you’ll actually use in your home. Compatibility with devices from other brands adds to value and privacy protection matters, too.

The smart home device market is filled with thermostats,cameras, door locks, lights, appliance interfaces, control hubs, and more. Manufacturers are focused on building their brands in the smart home ‘space,’ so we can expect to see plenty of great deals this time of year.

Below we’ve rounded up some current deals on smart home devices or systems priced under $200 from trusted brands.

Samsung SmartThings Home Monitoring Kit ($99 off):

Samsung’s starter kit gives you what you need in a base monitoring system. The Samsung SmartThings Home Monitoring Kit includes a Hub, two Multipurpose Sensors, one Motion Sensor, and one Outlet. you can receive alerts immediately on your smartphone and control lamps, electronics, and small appliances. The Hub lets you connect compatible appliances, lights, speakers, locks and more from a selection of Samsung components and compatible components from major brands including Amazon, Bose, Schlage, Yale, Honeywell, First Alert, and more.

List price $249, available from Amazon for $150.

Logitech Harmony Companion All in One Remote Control ($27.61 off):

You can easily integrate your smartphone with your home entertainment and smart home automation devices with Logitech’s Harmony Companion All in One Remote Control, which now works with Amazon’s Alexa for voice control. Use the Logitech system to control Philips Hue, Nest Learning Thermostat, and other compatible entertainment and smart home devices.

List price $150, available from Amazon for $150.

Philips Hue Starter Kit and Amazon Echo Dot (Black) package ($20 off):

This package deal can start off your smart home with two components that are compatible with most smart home products. Amazon’s Echo Dot combination voice control and voice assistant works with most smart home devices and systems including Philips Hue smart lights. The Philips Hue Starter Kit comes with 2 A19 bulbs, a wireless bridge, a power adapter, and Ethernet cable. The Hue’s LED lights use minimal energy but provide vibrant illumination. In addition to voice control with the Echo Dot, you can also manage the Hue lights with your smartphone or tablet.

List price $120, available from BestBuy for $100.

Ecobee3 Thermostat (save $50):

The second generation Ecobee3 Thermostat supports up to 32 remote room sensors (one is included) to know what rooms are occupied in order to adjust the temperature as needed. The Wi-Fi sensor is Apple Homekit-enabled and works with Amazon Alexa voice control skills.

List price $249, available from Amazon for $199.

Amazon Echo Dot 2nd Generation (save $10):

With Amazon’s second generation Echo Dot voice assistant, you can ask for music, alarms, alerts, and general information inquiries plus you can control a wide range of smart home, communications, and entertainment devices. Dot has an internal speaker and can connect with external Bluetooth speakers.

List price $50, available from Amazon for $40.

Google Home Speaker with Google Assistant Voice Command (save $30):

We like the Google Home a lot. Use the Google Home voice assistant to ask about the weather and news, general information, sports, and finance. Call for your Google Play and YouTube music and control smart home devices.

List price $130, available from Verizon Wireless for $100.

Nest Cam Indoor Home Network Camera (save $51):

Hook up an indoor Nest Cam to your home network for 24/7 130 degree wide-angle views day and night. High resolution 1080p video can be stored in the cloud for later review, and an internal microphone and speaker allow you to talk and listen to people, pets, or anything in the room.

List price $200, available from Amazon for $149.

Nest Learning Thermostat 3rd Generation (save $50):

You can get convenience, control, and energy savings with Nest’s latest Learning Thermostat. It guides you to energy-saving temperature settings and automatically adjusts the temperature when no one’s home. It also learns your preferred settings in about a week to auto-schedule room settings, and connects via Wi-Fi for remote control by smartphone or computer, and works with Amazon Alexa.

List price $249, available from Amazon for $199.

Sonos PLAY:1 Compact Wireless Speaker (save $50):

Mount the Sonos Play:1 compact wireless smart speaker on the wall or move it around the house with you. It uses Wi-Fi to connect with audio sources, and works alone or easily sets up for multiple speaker configurations in the same or multiple rooms. Solid bass and clean higher register.

List price $199, available from Amazon for $149.